[Voices of Cabrini raw: George Robbins’s Barbershop]

Raw video shot for "Voices of Cabrini." Shot between 1995-1999, it documented the Cabrini Green redevelopment project proposed and carried out by the City of Chicago. This tape takes place inside George Robbins's barbershop.

0:03Copy video clip URL Open to Robbins cutting a customer’s hair in his barbershop. They are mid-conversation.

9:41Copy video clip URL Robbins talks about marketing strategies he will use after he moves to his new location, wherever that may be.

11:05Copy video clip URL Robbins: “When you do good work you stay busy most of the time.” He talks about a year-long period when long hair was in fashion and business slowed.

13:38Copy video clip URL Cut to Robbins entering his barbershop after buying a soda pop. Camera follows him into his store. A child stops in for a moment and leaves. Robbins eats his lunch sandwich. He talks about the “natural” look coming into style.

16:42Copy video clip URL A woman living in Wicker Park stops in with her son. Robbins talks about how he had to board up his window, because of all the shooting at the time.

18:19Copy video clip URL Robbins tells his history to the woman and her son. The woman: “Were there buildings right there right where the empty lot is? Were there three?” Robbins: “Yes, 1157/1159 they tore down…”

19:49Copy video clip URL Cut to Robbins giving a haircut to a customer. There is a time jump between this segment and the last. Another person waits for his turn. They discuss the changes to the area and the buildings that have been either torn down or vacated.

22:07Copy video clip URL Cut to a few minutes later. Robbins has finished the man’s haircut. A new customer takes his seat. The man says he’s been getting his haircut from Robbins since he was a child: “I used to live over here, over at the white projects. I work with the youth over here in the neighborhood.” He talks about his peaceful childhood in the area.

50:10Copy video clip URL Man’s monologue about the changes.

56:28Copy video clip URL End of tape.



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